Friday, August 03, 2018

Deadpool: Dracula’s Gauntlet – review

Authors: Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan

Artists: Reilly Brown, Khary Randolph & Scott Koblish

Release date: 2014

Contains spoilers

The Blurb: A tale of Boy meets Ghoul – as only the demented writers of Deadpool can tell it!

It’s the twilight of Wade Wilson’s life as a bachelor. But in this vampire love story, the only thing that sparkles is the dialogue.

Dracula has chosen a bride. She’s a succubus queen of the undead, and their union will end eons of conflict and bring the monster world under his rule. Only one problem: He’s hired Deadpool to find her. The stakes are high, middling and painfully low as wascally Wade goes all Indiana Jones in a bid to dig up Drac’s long-buried intended. But as teleporting assassins, Greek legends and the vampire hunter Blade get in his way, it’s clear not everyone’s on board with the unholy matrimony. And when Deadpool finally meets the bride-to-be, even he gets cold feet. If Wade run this gauntlet, Dracula will throw down the gauntlet. And that means sending Werewolf by Night and the most literal frightful four of all time to retrieve his quarry. As an all-out Monster Mash looms, how far is Wade willing to go to stop this wedding?

The review: When I looked at Mrs Deadpool and the Howling Commandos I was disappointed, if anything, by it short length. This volume has the advantage of being a decent length and is, as far as I can tell, core canon. Shiklah is an energy vampire/succubus with a demonic form and the unfortunate habit of draining to death anyone she kisses. Dracula, we assume, will be immune and Deadpool himself is.

Dracula is drawn in the modern Marvel style (though, honestly, I think I prefer his 1970s design) and Blade makes an extended cameo through the story. The joy, however, is the Merc with the mouth and he is absolutely front and centre – rather than a side-lined ghostly narrator as he was in the previously reviewed volume. The artwork is pure comic book, the action non-stop and this comes highly recommended. 8.5 out of 10.

In Hardback @ Amazon US

In Hardback @ Amazon UK

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